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By on 01 Dec, 2010 | From the channel/s: E-Diplomacy

Like everything else, confidentiality is affected by the law of inflation. The multiplication of the inflated object (usually money) reduces its value. There are various reasons behind the growing number of confidential documents in diplomatic services. Aside from the fact that the sheer volume of one’s reporting is very often a major career ‘barometer’, diplomats often assign confidentiality to their reports in order to increase their value. 

By on 01 Dec, 2010 | From the channel/s: E-Diplomacy

A diplomatic cable is a diplomatic message. The etymology goes back to the mid-nineteenth century when the first diplomatic messages were sent via telegraph. Telegraphs were connected by telegraph cables and the focus on telegraph as the technical device was very often on laying and managing cables (e.g. the epic attempt to lay trans-Atlantic Cable in 1860s). Since then telecommunication has evolved with diplomats using radio links, fax and today, the Internet. But, in spite of changes in technology, the term ‘cable’ remains part of diplomatic lingo.

By on 25 Nov, 2010 | From the channel/s: Internet Governance

The Second Committee of the General Assembly yesterday approved the draft resolution on ‘Information and communications technologies for development’ (A/C.2/65/L.56). The text was approved by consensus.

By on 24 Nov, 2010 | From the channel/s: Internet Governance

UPDATE: A decision was taken yesterday evening to bring forward the adoption of the resolution to today, our New York source has just confirmed.

By on 24 Nov, 2010 | From the channel/s: Internet Governance

The Second Committee of the General Assembly has just negotiated a final version of the draft resolution on the future of the Internet Governance Forum, a reliable source has confirmed.

By on 23 Nov, 2010 | From the channel/s: Internet Governance

The mandate of the Internet Governance Forum expired with its 5th meeting in Lithuania two months ago. A renewed mandate for another five years is currently being debated at the UN. At which stage are the negotiations?

By on 22 Nov, 2010 | From the channel/s: E-Diplomacy

NATO promises: can the most powerful military alliance deliver more than a strategic concept? Is NATO losing Afghanistan?

These two questions will be the focus of a webinar briefing on the latest NATO Summit, led by Richard Werly, Diplo fellow and Brussels-based correspondent for the Swiss daily Le Monde. The webinar will take place on Wednesday, 24th November, at 10:00 CET.

By on 21 Nov, 2010 | From the channel/s: E-Diplomacy

Jovan Kurbalija writes:

In April this year (2010) I visited the US State Department in order to learn more about its highly successful e-diplomacy project.

I expected to see a state-of-the-art computer centre, a crisis room with lined with computer screens, a battalion of consultants putting together high-tech flashy presentations – a sort of modern era replica of what Byzantine used to do in its golden age with its grand welcome parades aimed at impressing foreigners. How wrong I was!

By on 21 Nov, 2010 | From the channel/s: E-Diplomacy

Mary Murphy writes:

Driving to Dublin recently, I was listening to talk radio. A local councillor was being interviewed about a Facebook course for local representatives taking place in Kerry this weekend - 

Facebook for Councillors: a business perspective. The course itself will cost the taxpayer €195 per participant but by the time travel costs and accommodation are added, the bill will run closer to €500 per person.

By on 19 Nov, 2010 | From the channel/s: Brussels e-Briefings

Host: Richard Werly
Date: 24 November 2010

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